Pres. Reagan's State of the Union messages to Congress, 1982-1988
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Excerpts from State of the Union speeches by President Ronald Reagan:
- January 26, 1982
- January 25, 1983
- January 25, 1984
- February 6, 1985
- February 4, 1986
- January 27, 1987
- January 25, 1988
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An unborn child is a living human being.
Budget & Economy|
End "stagflation" with cuts to taxes and spending.
Reduce deficit by growth, lower interest, & spending control.
Double-digit inflation is no longer a way of life.
Federal spending freeze: limited to rate of inflation.
Require the Federal Government to live within its means.
Reduce corporate tax rates & keep incentives for capital.
Reform habeas corpus; more compassion for victims.
Defeat the scourge of drugs, starting with our children.
Drug use falling: our students are just saying no to drugs.
Establish education savings accounts as college incentive.
Tuition tax credits: avoid double payment for private school.
Replace obsession with dollars with commitment to quality.
Families & Children|
Bedrock values: faith, family, work, neighborhood.
As the family goes, so goes our civilization.
Breakdown of the family causes "welfare culture".
Protectionism is destructionism: free, open, & fair trade.
In 1981, cut 23,000 pages of Federal Register regulations.
Waste & fraud permeate every area of Medicare & Medicaid.
One major regret: I took a risk with Iran & it did not work.
Index tax rates so inflation can't push to higher brackets.
Permanently manned space station within a decade.
War & Peace|
We support the Mujahidin, freedom fighters in Afghanistan.
The above quotations are from Pres. Reagan's State of the Union messages to Congress, 1982-1988.
State of the Union addresses:
- Harry Truman, 1947-1952
- Dwight Eisenhower, 1953-1960
- John Kennedy, 1961-1963
- Lyndon Johnson, 1964-1969
- Richard Nixon, 1970-1974
- Gerald Ford, 1975-1977
- Jimmy Carter, 1978-1980
- Ronald Reagan, 1982-1988
- George Bush Sr., 1990-1992
- Bill Clinton, 1994-2000
- George W. Bush: 2008
- Barack Obama: 2013